Emerald

How did Emerald get its name? It's thanks to a lush green hill - emerald in colour - located just north of the town called 'Emerald Downs Hill'. Established in 1879, this large country town has become the hub of the Central Highlands and gateway to one of the largest sapphire fields in the southern hemisphere.

Emerald used to be a major sunflower producer, which might explain why the town is now home to the world's biggest Van Gogh sunflower painting - measuring 25 metres high. The masterpiece can be found on an easel in Morton Park at the western end of Clermont Street. Pop into the 'straw bale' Visitor Information Centre next door to pick up brochures about the Central Highlands and let the friendly staff help you plan your holiday.

Another 'must see' in the town is the National Trust listed Railway Station built in 1900 and restored in the mid-eighties. Featuring wrought iron lacework and pillared portico, it's a spectacular sight - as is the ancient fossilised tree that's found at the Emerald Town Hall, estimated to be over 250 million years old.

3 Clermont Street
Emerald, Central Highlands Area
Queensland
Australia

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Gympie Garden Expo

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6 May 2017
There is something for everyone on the first weekend in May as the Gympie Garden Expo shines with fascinating plant displays. It hosts one of the states largest collection of orchids in its annual competition.
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4 March 2017
Only held three times a year, come along and meet some new friends or catch up with old ones at the Suitcase Markets. Pull up a chair and soak up the atmosphere under the stars - barista coffee, wood-fired pizza, live entertainment all add to the buzz!

Gympie Southside Markets

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26 February 2017
Gympie Southside Markets are held every second and fourth Sunday between 7am to 12 noon at the Gympie South State School on Exhibition Road. They are one of the largest markets in the region and offer a wide selection of produce, poultry, crafts, jams and preserves.
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